The winner of this year's public vote for the IMRO Other Room is Ailbe Reddy.
An indie-folk artist who grew up in Dublin, Ailbhe first began to attract attention when a homemade demo of her song 'Cover Me' was used in a Today FM radio advert in 2014. Later that year her first single, 'Flesh & Blood' garnered excellent reviews from Irish blogs, and was featured as Song of the day on the UK blog Folk Radio UK. Reddy has gone on to feature on every major Irish festival line up, such as Electric Picnic, Body Soul, Other Voices, Hard Working Class Heroes, Knockanstockan and Spirit of Folk. So far in 2016, Reddy has independently released a hugely successful EP 'Hollowed Out Sea', which was produced by Darragh Nolan (Sacred Animals). The first single, 'Distrust' was premiered on Nialler9 in February. It was Claire Beck of TXFM's 'Record of the Day', and The Last Mixed Tape's 'Song of the Week'. She was also selected as Irish Times 'New Artist of the Week' in March. 'Hollowed Out Sea' has received excellent reviews and extensive radio play on TXFM, Today FM, 98FM and Dublin City FM. It has also been hugely successful on Spotify where it has been listened to over half a million times since its release in June.